Pilot Urges Prayers as 'Technical Issue' Forces Turnaround on Malaysia-Bound Flight

Posted June 26, 2017

AirAsia X Berhad confirmed in a statement that flight D7237 for Kuala Lumpur took off at 6:40 a.m. local time with 359 passengers on board and landed back at Perth Airport at 10 a.m.

A pilot has turned around an AirAsia flight on its way from Perth to Malaysia due to a technical problem with the plane.

"An AirAsia flight has been forced to turn back to Perth after an engine reportedly failed and an explosion was heard mid flight", The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Water Police said marine emergency services north of Perth were put on standby to prepare for a possible water landing.

One passenger told ABC News the plane was "shaking like a washing machine".

"You could see the engine out the window which was really shaking on the wing". Cellphone video shows the entire cabin of the Airbus violently shaking from side to side. Rahim then said the pilot came on the loud speaker telling passengers not to worry, but later came back on the loud speaker urging passengers to pray.

It was a terrifying experience for hundreds of passengers aboard an AirAsia flight. Emergency crew members were ready at the airport but the flight landed safely and no one was hurt.

"The safety of our guests is our utmost priority", the airline said in a statement.

Passengers were ordered to get into the brace position for landing. The pilot shook hands with all of the passengers after the flight was over.

"It was really shaky, very scary", the passenger, Damien Stevens, said, according to CNN.

"Of course we were a bit anxious but at the end of the day ... we safely landed".

"Our survival depends on you co-operating, and hopefully everything will turn out for the best", the pilot nervously told them.